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Coaches Clinic Comes to Philly


The past, present and future of the job by those who’ve lived it

(Photos from Left to Right) Perry Clark of the University of South Carolina (left) and Delgreco Wilson at the Philadelphia coaches clinic. (right) Aaron McKee, Temple basketball coach, shares his tips at  the Girard College event, sponsored by Black Cager Sports Media. Photos by Sarah J. Glover.

DelGreco Wilson is more than a NCAA compliance expert. He has become arguably the biggest fan of grass roots basketball in Philadelphia. Wilson, who was hired by St. Joseph’s in the 1990s and 2000s in academic counseling, has taken his career to another path. “Social media opens you up to everything,” he said. “There are a lot of misinformed or uninformed people out there. And I have a great chance to get positive messages out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I’m reaching a lot of people and making them aware of lots of opportunities out there.”

Wilson proved his work goes far beyond helping area high school basketball players qualify academically for college.

Besides starting a Black College Hall of Fame earlier this year, last month he hosted a Coaches clinic at Girard College for current and future high school coaches, players, and fans alike.

Speaking to the assembled basketball junkies were Temple’s Aaron McKie, Penn State’s Pat Chambers, Drexel’s Zach Spiker, Delaware’s Martin Inglesby, and former college coach Perry Clark, to name a few.

McKie had a strong message about how the game has changed and his biggest challenge for him as an assistant at Temple under Fran Dunphy. Many people feel he has a chance to be Temple’s next head coach.

“Basketball has become a rat race, an arms race,” he said. “As adults, we have to do a better job of learning about the recruiting system and staying out of the equation,” he said. “There are really good [AAU] programs and recruiting services and evaluators out there. The good players will be seen by coaches. High school and summer ball makes this happen. Somewhere along the line, parents got too involved. We got away from the way things used to be where we [trusted] basketball people and mentors to guide our youth. When I was growing up, we had Tee Parham, [the late John Hartnett and Claude Gross], and Sonny Hilll who would stop games sometimes just to make sure the game was being played the right way. It’s become more of a challenge to be a college coach dealing with parents today than it used to be. As adults, we think of ourselves more than we do of the kids.”

Chambers, more or less, agreed with that assessment. “The big word today is accountability,” he told the audience. “I was an assistant at Villanova when we went to the Final Four in 2009; I had two great seasons at Boston University; we won 42 games and then I got a big break to coach at Penn State. And I can tell you that a lot of people play the blame game. The parents say it’s the coaches’ fault. Or it’s this guy’s fault or that guy’s fault when something doesn’t work out. But if you make [constructive criticism or true assessment of a players’ game] the parents then come after you and say, ‘That’s my baby. How can you say that?’ I’m sure you all know what I am talking about. At some point, you have to look at yourself. Am I shooting 100 shots a day? Am I working on my game? Am I doing the right things to getting better? Am I listening to the coaches? So this is something I want to see improved. The game is great and it’s an honor to coach. The parents are [looking for instant gratification] more than they were in the past. Everyone wants their son to be a focal point of a team and that’s understandable, but coaches spend tireless hours to make your kids better.”

Brian Shanahan and Dom Amoroso are coaches at Phelps and West Chester Rustin, respectively. Amoroso, an assistant coach, said he learned a lot. “It was a great day to just listen to great college coaches and have so much access. What a fantastic way to learn.”

 

 

 

 

Coaches Clinic Comes to Philly
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Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.

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